Rehearsal Files for Band Members

This page gives you access to assorted music files that may be useful if you're in one of the bands we play with. In general, these are recordings from rehearsals of various bands or rhythm section (piano, bass, drums) backgrounds produced from the appropriate chords by Band in a Box (BIAB). The files in General MIDI format are quite small and should work well with any decent sounds card (and especially well if your card generates decent instrument sounds). In some cases, there are also files in WAV format, which will sound great on any sound card but are humongous (megabytes in size). You can listen to any file by clicking on its link, or download it to your computer by right-clicking on a link and choosing Save Target As. Many recorded files are in standard MP3 format.

SWJ Rehearsal Recordings - Big Band

Various recordings that may be useful for our current work list. Be aware that tempos (tempi?) may vary and "goodness" is variable.

There are several flavors of recordings:

A Big Band Christmas SWJ    
A Chili Pepper Christmas   Finale (Reduced Instrumentation)  
Ain't That a Kick in the Head   Finale Original
Baby, It's Cold Outside SWJ    
Big Noise from the North Pole SWJ    
Birdland (as written)     Original (similar arrangement)
Bye Bye Blackbird SWJ    
Candy SWJ Finale  
Christmas Time is Here SWJ    
Come Fly With Me SWJ Finale Original
Cry Me a River     Big Band do Município da Nazaré
Every Day I Have the Blues (Holmes)    

Danjo Jazz Orchestra

(same arrangement, different solo roadmap)


Unknown Big Band

Danjo Jazz Orchestra

Frim Fram Sauce     Original (different arrangement)
Honey and Tea     Original
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Goodwin)     Original
It's Only a Paper Moon SWJ    
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm SWJ    
Jersey Bounce SWJ    
Kick Out of U (Sinatra)   Finale Original
Let It Snow! SWJ    
Let's Do It     Original
Luck Be a Lady     Original
Mambo Italiano SWJ    
Man With the Bag SWJ    
Moon River
(4 Horns Doug's Key)
Most Wonderful Time of the Year (SWJ Vocal) SWJ    
My Kind of Town     Original
Orange-Colored Sky SWJ    
Pennies From Heaven SWJ    
Ring-a-Ding-Ding   Finale Original
Santa Baby SWJ    
Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night) SWJ   Original
Secret Love    

Don Hayden's Swingtime Big Band

Twisted Swing Big Band

Straighten Up and Fly Right SWJ    
Swingle Bells   Finale (Reduced Instrumentation)  
That's Life SWJ   Original
They Can't Take That Away
(Wolpe Low Key Female Vocal)
Walkin' My Baby     Original


SWJ - Christmas Time is HereA Chili Pepper Christmas - 4 Horns

Our newest "album" from Hollywood Senior Center - December 3, 2017

A Big Band Christmas Jingle Bell Boogie
Big Noise From the North Pole Christmas Time is Here
Santa Baby Fly Me to the Moon
White Christmas Tangerine
'S Wonderful Yo Hark! Those Angels Swing
Silent Night A Child Is Born
Candy Blue Skies
Almost Like Being in Love Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
You Make Me Feel So Young Jingle-Bell Rock
Santa Claus is Coming to Town You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch
Skylark I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
Man With the Bag Baby, It's Cold Outside
  The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


SWJ Rehearsal Recordings - Combo

Here's the play-along version of some of the 4 horn charts that the SWJ small group has been using. In places where we've rewritten some of the solos I've posted (1) the original chart; (2) the chart with the solo substitute in; (3) a fragment with just the solo, suitable for practicing.

Ain't Misbehavin' (SWJ 4 Horns) Finale    
Ain't That a Kick in the Head (SWJ 4 Horns Vocal) Finale    
All Blues (SWJ 4 Horns) Finale    
All of Me Finale    
Along Came Betty Finale    
Almost Like Being in Love (SWJ 4 Horns) Finale    
Another Three Putt Finale    
Autumn in New York Finale    
Berlin Waltz Medley (SWJ 4 Horns) SWJ 4 Horns    
Besame Much (SWJ 4 Horns Dance Vocal) SWJ 4 Horns    
Black Magic Woman (SWJ 4 Horns Vocal) Finale    
Blue Monk Finale    
Body and Soul Finale With new alto solo New solo only
Bye Bye Blackbird (Jim Martin) Jim Martin    
Cha Cha Cha for Judy (SWJ 4 Horns) Finale    
Cheek to Cheek (4 Horns Vocal - Sinatra Finale    
Cheek to Cheek (Jim Martin) Jim Martin With new alto solo New solo only
Chu Chu Cha Cha (SWJ 4 Horns) Finale    
Confirmation Finale    
Cool Walk Finale    
Curious George (no MP3) Solo Backgrounds (Begins Bar 81, 4 choruses) - 192 bpm Solo Backgrounds (Begins Bar 81, 4 choruses) - 172 bpm
Don't Get Around Much Anymore (no MP3)    
Doodlin' Finale    
East of the Sun Finale    
El Choclo (SWJ 4 Horns) Finale    
Emily Finale    
Footprints Finale No drums  
Girl From Ipanema Finale    
Groove Merchant Finale    
Honeysuckle Rose Finale    
How Insensitive Finale    
I Remember You Finale    

In the Midnight Hour (SWJ 4 Horns Vocal in G) - DOUG'S PERFORMANCE KEY WITH SOLO BKGRDS


In the Midnight Hour (SWJ 4 Horns Vocal in G) - DOUG'S PERFORMANCE KEY WITH ALTO SAX SOLO


In the Midnight Hour (SWJ 4 Horns Vocal in Eb) - ORIGINAL KEY

In a Sentimental Mood Finale    
Isn't It Romantic (no MP3 of full chart) Alto solo with rhythm Rhythm only for alto solo
It Don't Mean a Thing Finale No drums  
It's Alright With Me Finale No drums  
I've Got the World on a String Finale    
I've Got You Under My Skin (4 Horns Vocal) Finale    
Jordu Finale    
La Cumparsita (SWJ 4 Horns) Finale    
Lady is a Tramp (SWJ 4 Horns Vocal) Finale    
Lullaby of Birdland (Jim Martin) Finale    
Mack the Knife (SWJ 4 Horns Vocal) Finale    
Maiden Voyage Finale    
Mambo Swing (4 Horns Dance Vocal) SWJ 4 Horns    
Mean to Me Finale (1 solo)    
Michelle Finale    
Moanin' Finale    
Moon River (SWJ Vocal 4 Horns - Doug's Key) Finale    
Nearness of You Finale    
Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Finale    
Patricia (SWJ 4 Horns) SWJ 4 Horns    
Polkadots and Moonbeams Finale    
Preacher (SWJ 4 Horns) Finale    
Put It Where You Want It Finale    
Quando Quando (SWJ 4 Horns) Finale    
Rainbow Connection (SWJ 4 Horns Vocal) SWJ 4 Horns    
Ring-a-Ding-Ding (SWJ 4 Horns Vocal) Finale    
Saturday Night / Goody Goody Medley    
Someday My Prince Will Come Finale    
Spooky v2 SWJ 4 Horns    
Sugar Finale    
Sway (Buble 4 Horns) Original Vocal    
Sweet Georgia Brown (no MP3)    
Swingle Bells Finale    
Take Five Finale No drums  
Tangerine (SWJ 4 Horns) SWJ 4 Horns    
Tennessee Waltz (SWJ 4 Horns) SWJ 4 Horns    
Til There Was You Finale    
Triste Finale    
West Coast Blues Finale    
When I Fall in Love Finale    
Willow Weep for Me Finale    
Witchcraft (4 Horns Vocal) 4 Horns Vocal    
Witchcraft (Jim Martin) Jim Martin    
Work Song Finale    


SWJ 2017 June 19 Rehearsal

Goody Goody Blue Skies Tangerine
Down With Love God Bless the Child Trek to Hamilton Mountain


SWJ 2017 June 12 Rehearsal

Most links include multiple takes (partial or full)

Candy Isn't It Romantic Tangerine
Hard-Hearted Hannah Opus One Witchcraft
You Make Me Feel So Young    

SWJ 24 Jun 2013 Rehearsal

Recording of Madrid

SWJ 30 Jan 2012 Rehearsal

Here are the charts we recorded at tonight's rehearsal. haven't listened to them yet, so we all have virgin ears! Makes notes on things you think we should fix next week -- which should be useful. If you want want to save any to your PC, see paragraph at top of page for help. (BTW, dunno what happened to the recording of Hoss Flat; must have failed to hit record properly because I can't find it. Drat.)

Bone Voyage Loves Baby 1 Teach Me Tonight
Gravy Waltz Loves Baby 2  


TiRC - New Charts

Here are play-along / sing-along versions of the newest TiRC charts in case you want to rehearse your stuff. Doug, these are in the correct key for your voice as handed out (i.e., they are not necessarily in the key of the original recordings).

Get Ready Play
Love Train Play
Midnight Confessions Play


Final Analysis

Final Analysis (original recording) Final Analysis (PCWB approximation @ 320 bps) - 15 MB Final Analysis (PCWB approximation @ 160 bps) - 8 MB


Four Brothers

OK SWJE saxes, here's your chance to get your fingers straight on Four Brothers! This comes from the Woody Herman "Thundering Herd" and is the same arrangement we're playing (but with different solos). I've posted both the original tempo and one that's slowed down by about 10%, probably close to where we're likely to play it. Once you get it under your fingers, I recommend trying to play with the original -- if you get that down, the rest is a cakewalk! See above for how to save to your system if you desire.

Four Brothers (original tempo) Four Brothers (10% Slower)


Sax in the City

Rehearsal - July 23, 2009

Here are the charts we recorded this evening. They're good for playing along with, but I also recommend just LISTENING to them so you get your own sense of what's not matching up, where we're out of balance, what's out of tune, etc. Likely to be very instructive!!!

For your amusement, I've also included a playback of the Finale version of Get It On (the exact arrangement we're playing), as well as the original chart by Chase (which by the way, you should run out and buy IMMEDIATELY as a great album by a great trumpet player!).

Amazing Grace Get It On Sir Duke
Classical Gas Manatee Rag Zoot Suit Riot

Here are the "originals" of Get It On:

Finale Version Bill Chase Original

Rehearsal - July 30, 2009

Baby Elephant Walk Classical Gas Mambo #5
Can't Turn You Loose Gimme Some Lovin' Satin Doll

Rehearsal - August 4, 2009

Get It On It Don't Mean a Thing Sir Duke


Dear Old Stockholm

Since we're working on this chart: Here's a recording of Dear Old Stockholm that matches the arrangement we have, played by Rob Parton's Jazztech Big Band. (Turns out I also have a version from John Coltrane & Miles Davis, but that's not posted!)

Treble in River City

Rehearsal - February 23, 2007

Recordings from rehearsal. Note that this was first night we'd played Crazy, Pick Up, and Chameleon, and only second night for Sesame.

Boom Boom Crazy Little Thing Pick Up the Pieces
Chameleon Mustang Sally Sesame Street

Portland Community Wind Band


For Cynthia: Here's a recording of the Miami Killian band playing Clifton Williams's Symphonic Dance No. 3 ("Fiesta"). Click the link to listen, or right-click the link and select "Save Target As ..." to download to your system. Note: File is 9.07 MBytes.

1812 Overture

For Cynthia: Here's a recording of the 1812 Overture (New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein conducting). Click the link to listen, or right-click the link and select "Save Target As ..." to download to your system. Note: File is 21.8 MBytes.

Second Wind Gigs

Gladstone Somerset - Aug 2, 2006

Ain't Misbehavin'
Orange-Colored Sky
Lady Is a Tramp, The
Take the A Train
When Sunny Gets Blue
Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
How High the Moon
You Make Me Feel So Young
Bye Bye Blackbird
Swingin' Shepherd Blues
Sentimental Journey
Mack the Knife
Eager Beaver

Second Wind Rehearsals

January 16, 2006

Solo Breaks and Other Practice


Second Wind: Here's some listening practice! This is Doxy as recorded by the Rob Parton JAZZTECH Big Band. Suggest you take a listen for style -- maybe even mark up your part! They do it at a faster tempo than us, but it's oh so smooth. Click here to listen.

Pink Panther (June 29, 2003)

Second Wind: Here's the solo section of Pink Panther in MIDI format. Eight count lead-in, three choruses.

Computer (June 23, 2003)

Second Wind: Here's a recording of Computer to practice with. This is in Windows Media (WMA) format. Save it as noted above, then play it in your Windows Media Player.

If you want to just work on the "teletype" part of the song (measure 85 etc), here are some MIDI files you can work with. You get four bars of count-in, then the section repeats four times. One file has all the parts; each of the others has only one of the parts plus drum clicks so that you can work out the rhythms on your part.

Update, June 29: Updated the Alto Saxes and All Parts files to correct a missing sixteenth rest in bar 5 (thanks, Chris!).

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (March 9, 2003)

Power Pep Band: Wanna work on that solo break in Crazy Little Thing Called Love? Well, here ya go. This selection starts two bars before the first solo break (on the "crazy little thing called love" lick) and then give you 8 full solo choruses to work with. This one's in General MIDI format.

Another Excuse to Play the Blues (August 2002)

Second Wind: Here's a practice version of Another Excuse you can use to rehearse solo licks.  It consists of a four bar "intro" (bars 47-50), then three full solo choruses. It finishes with a dopey two-bar "finish" that BIAB added and I didn't bother to delete. This is a MIDI version (about 8 Kbytes).

Watermelon Man (April 2002)

Second Wind: Here's a practice version of Watermelon Man for you to rehearse with. This selection consists of a full chorus, 3 solo choruses (complete with "break"), then one chorus to finish. It's available in both MIDI and MP3 format. The MIDI format is small (about 22 Kbytes). If you try it and don't like what you hear, you can download the MP3 format, which will sound great on any sound card but is 31 MBytes in size (so download will be slow).

Possible TBGO Charts

NOTE: On some charts you may get a Hal Leonard "Do you agree?" page. If you do, click yes. Then look for the audio button on the next page that appears (right below the picture of the chart) and click that.

Click to listen
What'd I Say?
Ray Charles - Maybe we could add singing back & forth with crowd?
Born to Be Wild
Steppenwolf -- this cooks and it's an easy chart. Good bones!
Sheena Easton tune. I hadn't heard it before, but it sounded like a funky tune you might like.
Radar Love
Janet's been wanting this for a long time
Not sure whether or not this is your kind of chart, but it's pretty exciting and would be different for GAL.
Gimme Some Lovin'
More Blues Brothers. I've disliked other arrangements, this sounds pretty good.
Let It Whip
The bass line alone is worth it!
Midnight Special
This is short, but feels like a GAL kinda chart.
Jesus Is Just Alright With Me
Doobie Brothers! I wouldn't have believed this would make a great chart -- but I really like it!
Takin' It to the Streets
More Doobies.
Rubberband Man
The Spinners -- kinda funky.
National Anthem March
July 4, Vets Day, etc.

Last updated: 13 July 2004